On 23 October 2018 the Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge Link (HZMB). After nine years of construction, this major 55km long infrastructure project will cut travelling times between the cities from three hours to 30 minutes.
Tunnel Engineering Consultants (TEC), a joint venture of Royal HaskoningDHV and Witteveen+Bos, were involved in the project as the consultant to the HZMB Authority for the marine section comprising three artificial islands and an approximately six kilometers immersed tunnel, currently the longest in the world. The project is considered as an international landmark in civil engineering.
The Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge (HZMB) Link project provides for a fixed link between the two Chinese economic centres Hong Kong and Macau and the mainland of China at Zhuhai. The whole link has been divided into several major sections. The Main Bridge section runs from the (marine) borderline of Hong Kong to the Border Crossing Facility (BCF) Island for the coast of Macau and Zhuhai. The Main Bridge section includes an immersed tunnel that approximately 40 m below the seabed, to accommodate the passing of 300,000 tonnes vessels. The tunnel is flanked by two artificial islands to accommodate the transition to the bridge part that run towards Hong Kong and Macau-Zhuhai.
The bridge part of the Main Bridge section includes various box-girder and cable-stayed bridges. The Link will carry a three-lane dual carriageway with a design speed of 100 km/h and is designed for a 120 year design life.
We are proud and grateful to have been involved in this challenging project and congratulate the HZMB Authority and the Construction team, led by the Chinese Contractor CCCC with this great performance.